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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.
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I think you're getting the hang of the things you can do in Adobe Bridge, when you're preparing for a video edit. But let me now unlock what I think is one of the most powerful features. It's the ability to rename, or I should say batch rename, a bunch of video or photo files. As you can see, we're right where we left off. We previously created a collection and that's what I'm looking out here. Now, if I want to take the files that are in my collection, I can select them and under Tools, do a Batch Rename.
As you can see, I have a lot of powerful features here. Starting with the ability to Rename and leave in place. Move, or Copy using bridge. Then here's where I name, and you can see I set up a string, that includes automated pieces of metadata that I can add. And things that I can type in, there's so many ways to use this, I encourage you to play with it. You can remove or add additional parameters. And you structure the naming that you want.
In this case, it's all based on the date created. So maybe we want to add that in, in terms of our file naming. We would do that here. We can add Text, a Sequencing number, and so on. Here, this is very interesting, because it's a little bit dangerous to change names of video files. What if a different program is referencing the old name? Well, for that reason, you should be very careful, especially with the rename option. But this can help matters, because you can preserve the original file name, or I shouldn't say original, because it might have been changed previously.
And put it into the XMP Metadata. It's no longer the file name, at least it's maintained and saved with the file. Finally, you can save new presets for batch renaming. So if you've set a complex system, that names things exactly how you want them in all your projects. Just save that as your preset and then you can apply it over and over. I think you are beginning to see the real power of bridge, in terms of manipulating files at the finder level.
But be careful, renaming video files could open a huge can of worms. Just use care when you use file renaming in Adobe Bridge.
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